Exploring Human Potential

7 & 7: Go-For-It vs. Wish-For-It


Desires unfulfilled breed strong emotions. Some ask God for help before they ask themselves. It takes courage and backbone to pursue a dream. Standing around and wishing doesn’t get the job done. It simply creates delay and discontent in you and others. It’s up to you. Seeking’s not enough. You must find. When you find it, keep it in view and pursue it. Never look back or second guess your first best guess. After all, a guess is all it is. And if you’re wrong, at least you tried. Stars that you pursue are more than a destination. They shed light. If you’ll commit, then so will others, in view and out of view. The world is full of helpers but first you need a doer to ignite. Go with what you’ve got. If you have to do it, it is likely you’ll succeed. Far better to have tried than ever hear your lips repeat “I could have, I should have.”


He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
William Blake

Ask God’s blessing on your work, but don’t ask him to do it for you.
Dame Flora Robson

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
Clementine Paddleford

This one makes a net, this one stands and wishes. Would you like to make a bet which one gets the fishes?
Chinese Rhyme

If it is to be
It is up to me.
William H. Johnson

I do not seek. I find.
Pablo Picasso

I can tell you how to get what you want: You’ve just got to keep a thing in view and go for it and never let your eyes wander to right or left or up or down. And looking back is fatal.
William J. Locke

He turns not back who is bound to a star.
Leonardo da Vinci

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision, raising unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
W. H. Murray

Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
Cardinal John Henry Newman

What one has to do usually can be done.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been.
John Greenleaf Whittier

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